May 22, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Beau Bennett (19) controls the puck with Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) in pursuit during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Scotiabank Place. The Penguins defeated the Senators by a score of 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Injury Report 4/10: Bennett, Conner Skate

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins reportedly had a number of injured players skate during Monday’s session – according to Sam Kasan of the Pens’ website and the team’s Twitter handle.

Forwards Beau Bennett, Chris Conner, and Brian Gibbons, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and goaltender Tomas Vokoun all participated in the Pens’ optional skate held Monday morning.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported yesterday that Bennett expects to return within roughly 10 days, after missing the last 40 games with a hand/wrist injury.

Head coach Dan Bylsma said that Conner, whose been out since Dec. 31 after having surgery on his hand, is close to being re-inserted, but still needs to progress further – per Kasan.

Bylsma also relayed that both Bortuzzo and Gibbons could potentially perform in tonight or tomorrow’s contest against Washington – per Kasan. Bortuzzo has been out with an upper-body injury and Gibbons has been sidelined with a lower-body ailment.

Vokoun, whose been out since the start of the season due to a blood clot in his pelvis, didn’t practice with the team yesterday – per Kasan – but skated today. There’s still no update in terms of when he’ll start playing in games. He is progressing in the right direction though.

There were no updates on defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin, who both remain out long-term.

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